April 21, 2006

Joni Mitchell for Friday Poetry Blogging

Well, Jeremiah said the word was Carousel this week, but when I tried to write something, a Joni Mitchell song came into my head. And it seemed especially appropriate this week, so I am posting the lyrics here.

The Circle Game
Joni Mitchell

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star
Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like, when you’re older, must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels thru the town
And they tell him,
Take your time, it won’t be long now
Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There’ll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return, we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that jo(e). It was the song played at my son's wedding for the mother/son dance.

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toadlikker said...

One of my all-time favorite songs.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

I love that song so much. And I love Joni Mitchell.

HeyJules said...

That HAS to be one of my all time favorite songs. The lyrics and the music are both so perfect for each other and then to put that crystal clear voice to both of them...it's heaven.

Mona Buonanotte said...

This was so sweet, I teared up. Thanks, joe!

ScienceWoman said...

I'm behind on my blog reading, but I just had to say that this is one of my all time favorite songs.